Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, Chaudière-Appalaches, Quebec

Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague is a municipality in the Les Etchemins Regional County Municipality in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Quebec, Canada. Its population is 421 as of the Canada 2011 Census. It lies on the Canada–United States border.

Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague
The church.
The church.
Location within Les Etchemins RCM.
Location within Les Etchemins RCM.
Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague is located in Southern Quebec
Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague
Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 46°16′N 70°20′W / 46.267°N 70.333°W / 46.267; -70.333Coordinates: 46°16′N 70°20′W / 46.267°N 70.333°W / 46.267; -70.333[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionChaudière-Appalaches
RCMLes Etchemins
ConstitutedMarch 17, 1923
Government
 • MayorSuzanne C. Guenette
 • Federal ridingLévis—Bellechasse
 • Prov. ridingBellechasse
Area
 • Total118.50 km2 (45.75 sq mi)
 • Land117.90 km2 (45.52 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[3]
 • Total421
 • Density3.6/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Decrease 4.8%
 • Dwellings
206
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581
Highways Route 277
Websitewww.st-louis
degonzague.qc.ca

NameEdit

The origin of the name of the municipality is subject to debate and three versions are possible. It seems that settlers would have liked to name their parish Saint-Louis, but it was refused due to possible confusion with Saint-Louis-de-Kamouraska (now part of Kamouraska, Quebec). Monsignor Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau then suggested to name it Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, following saint Aloysius Gonzaga.

Another version would be that Cardinal Louis-Nazaire Bégin would have wanted to honour his patron saint, Aloysius Gonzaga.

Lastly, it could also have been to honour Louis-Philippe Pelletier, member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Dorchester.

Post OfficeEdit

The municipality's post office is named Ravignan, after French Jesuit Gustave Delacroix de Ravignan, who was a preacher at Notre-Dame de Paris.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Reference number 57123 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Geographic code 28035 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. ^ a b "(Code 2428035) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.